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Plantin - Moretus Museum

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Address: Vrijdagmarkt 22, Antwerp, Belgium
Phone Number: 32 03 221 1450
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Description: Printing museum which contains the two oldest printing presses in the...
Printing museum which contains the two oldest printing presses in the world, complete sets of dies and matrices, and the full archive of the Plantin printing company.
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A must to visit in my city

The museum has the oldest and best collection of old Guttenberg in existence, Few people know that Antwerp printed some the worlds most important books, as well as being an... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The museum has the oldest and best collection of old Guttenberg in existence, Few people know that Antwerp printed some the worlds most important books, as well as being an important port and home PP Rubens. Antwerp is rich in history and the Platin-Moretus is one of many museums to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Covering a little more than two large floors, the Plantin-Moretus museum is dedicated to books and printing. There are many exhibits to see, full books, printing processes and machines, copper plates, and even a Gutenberg Bible. It is an excellent museum, well laid out. Highly recommended.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

This museum was a fascinating look at early printing. The audio tour was very informative. I especially liked the list of banned books on the printing room wall. There were many examples of movable type that were very interesting to see, as well as many old books.

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Leer, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

As I am an avid reader I loved seeing old presses and learning how book printing came to be. Definitely best to go with the audio guide, the labels alone will only give you a minimum insight. Apart from the printing, the house itself is lovely. The guide also offers a few nice lessons on old Flanders, the history of... More 

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Hythe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

set in a small square with bars and cafes I went on a friday as the weekly auction was on,making this more interesting. This museum is absolutely amazing.there are so many exhibits and things ro see.Rooms,presses,paintings books furniture,too much to mention.Set as it was a house business and printing works this museum has it all.the shop which had some things... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

One of the few places on Earth where printing as an art is exhibited. The Ortelius Mappamundi, the big Bononiensis map, and all other original prints and techniques will surprise the craftmanship of the late Middle Ages.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

I made a big mistake, thinking that this museum is not big. I arrived at the museum quite late, and the ticket seller informed me that I definitely didn't have enough time to cover everything, and suggested me to come back the next day. It was our last day in Antwerp, and we really wanted to visit this museum so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

A really good museum -- with fascinating information on printing, bookbinding, and a famous Antwerp family business from the16th to 19th century. Beautiful wall papers, art, and displays of old manuscripts, presses, and publishing facilities.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

A very interesting museum in the home and world economy of Plantin. Unusual house , leather covered walls, not seen in English houses. Old printing presses and books. a delight.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Beautiful, well narrated, and full of fabulous exhibits. The printing presses are fascinating, but so is the history of a business that kept 300 years of records! The handwritten books are delightful, with colours that looked as though they were as vibrant today as they were 250 years ago. Wonderful for a book geek!

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